There are few sights more beautiful than the sunset, but if you’re driving when the sun is setting, this can cause major problems. When the sun is dying down, its rays can be blinding, making it very difficult for you to stay safe on the roads. If you’re a driver, here are some handy hints to help you avoid road accidents at sunset.
The dangers of driving when the sun is setting
If you’re driving when the sun is setting, it can sit at a level that is very inconvenient and potentially very dangerous for drivers. The glare can make it difficult to see the road ahead and to determine what other drivers are doing. When the sun is shining directly into your eyes, for example, it can be tough to see indicators clearly, and this makes it hard to know what other vehicles around you are doing. It can also be more difficult for other drivers to spot you.
If you’re driving at sunset, take these tips on board to reduce the risk of accidents on the road:
- Keep a pair of sunglasses to hand
- Look further down the road
- Keep your distance from other vehicles
- Reduce your speed if you can’t see clearly
- Consider pulling over in a safe place if visibility is severely reduced
- Use your sun visor
- Be prepared for the vehicles in front of you to slow down if you’re driving into the sun
- Make sure your windscreen is clean
What do if you’ve been involved in an accident
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the first thing to do is check that everyone is OK and have your injuries assessed. If the car crash wasn’t your fault, you may be thinking about claiming compensation, but your health and well-being should always come first.
Once you’ve been assessed, write down everything that happened, and take photographs if you’re still at the scene of the incident. If other people saw what happened, ask them to provide their contact details so that they can give a statement. Once you’ve got the information you need, call Accident Advice Helpline and let our skilled personal injury lawyers take over the hard work. If you can prove that somebody else was at fault, we will use the evidence you provide to build your car accident compensation case and hopefully, secure the compensation you deserve. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice